King County parks levy before voters Aug. 6

July 30, 2013

If the King County Parks levy doesn’t pass on the Aug. 6 primary-election ballot, popular trails and parks will close, county officials say.

The county parks system, which includes 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 26,000 acres of open space, depends on the six-year tax levy for 70 percent of its operating funds. County parks generate the rest of their operating budget through ballfield rentals and commercial ventures, like having Cirque du Soleil at Marymoor Park.

The proposed levy would fund maintenance at Marymoor, Cougar Mountain and other big regional parks, as well as smaller parks in cities and unincorporated King County. It would fund new purchases of open space and development of new trails, including connecting an east-west trail in South King County.

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King County sent out election ballots, added drop-off locations

July 30, 2013

Ballots and voters’ pamphlets arrived in King County mailboxes last week for the Aug. 6 primary elections.

All ballots should have been delivered by July 24.

There are now 25 locations, including Accessible Voting Centers, at which voters can return their ballots, according to Sherril Huff, King County elections director. The locations include 10 24-hour drop boxes, one of which is located in Issaquah City Hall. Check out http://bit.ly/ballotlocations for information about where you can drop off your vote.

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Council approves 2014 annexation vote of Klahanie area

July 30, 2013

With a vote of 6-1, the Issaquah City Council decided July 15 to place the future of Klahanie’s residents in the hands of the area’s voters.

As opposed to the vocal public hearings and numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning Inc. financial study, City Finance Director Diane Marcotte delivered a short presentation and City Administrator Bob Harrison summarized the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation that the council send the decision to voters in February.

“When we go through and look at the cost that they’re currently paying, versus what they would pay if they came into the city of Issaquah, they would be paying about $380 less a year,” Marcotte said of Klahanie residents’ property tax. She added that the study found annexation would be beneficial to Issaquah as well. “Each year, we should be having some additional revenue, and that is around $650,000 a year. There still is sufficient revenue, but it may take a little longer to accomplish some of the council’s goals.”

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Teamwork could form human services campus

July 30, 2013

Service organization AtWork! might team up with the Together Center to found a human services campus in the former’s existing facility.

In its effort to bring employment and community service agencies together, the Together Center, in Redmond, has had plans to established a location that could house multiple resources for all people. Housing, job placement and medical services are just a few of the things it hopes to bring into such a facility.

“We’ve been looking for property for years,” Together Center Executive Director Pam Mauk said. Though the two organizations have only been communicating for a few months, she said their common goals could mean cooperation. “We are both in discussions. The missions of AtWork! and Together Center could work together at that site.”

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Lefse is more

July 30, 2013

Festival celebrates Scandinavian cultures

Craft booths featuring colorful Scandinavian clothing and artwork dotted Issaquah’s Veterans’ Memorial Field July 26 as a live accordion played classic Danish, Norwegian and Swedish folksongs.

The occasion was the first-ever Lefse Fest, offering a generous dose of Nordic traditions including a maypole dance, arts and crafts and food specialties. The centerpiece was lefse, a much beloved delicacy.

By Hailey Way Leiann Ronnestad (front left), other attendees and the Risadala children’s dance group hold hands in a circle and move around the maypole at Veterans’ Memorial Field during the Lefse Festival July 27.

By Hailey Way
Leiann Ronnestad (front left), other attendees and the Risadala children’s dance group hold hands in a circle and move around the maypole at Veterans’ Memorial Field during the Lefse Festival July 27.

Lefse is a flatbread — rather like a soft tortilla — that originated in Norway and is usually made of some combination of flour, cream and potatoes.

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County schedules extra filing period for Fire Protection District 10 commissioner

July 30, 2013

King County Elections will hold a three-day candidate-filing period for a commissioner position at King County Fire Protection District No. 10.

The special filing period will begin at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 7 and end at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Fire Protection District No. 10 covers areas around Issaquah, Carnation, Preston and Sammamish.

The new filing period follows the May filing period, in which no candidates stepped up. Candidates who file will appear on the Nov. 5 election ballot. There are no filing fees.

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ArtWalk season continues Aug. 2

July 30, 2013

The 12th annual season of Issaquah ArtWalk continues from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 2.

ArtWalk is the first Friday of the month June through September. Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

This ArtWalk includes the opening of the Rookery art exhibition and artwork from summer teen camps at artEAST Art Center. Kids can enjoy animal-themed arts projects when Menagerie takes over in artEAST Artist Alley. Enjoy clay making at Museo Art Academy and printmaking in the park, compliments of Museo. Witness glassblowing at its finest by artbyfire. There will be dancing in the streets at artEAST Artist Alley when Blue Dog Dance in Renton brings its dance troupe to showcase some hip-hop talent.

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Downtown street closes for monthly ArtWalk

July 30, 2013

On Aug. 2, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street between the hours of noon and 10 p.m. to facilitate ArtWalk. Front Street will remain open.

 

 

 

 

Friends of Youth holds back-to-school supply drive

July 30, 2013

Help improve the educational experience of youths in the Issaquah School District by contributing to the Friends of Youth back-to-school supply drive.

The nonprofit organization will collect items through Aug. 16 at the Friends of Youth office, 414 Front St. N., and at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

Drop off donations at Friends of Youth from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The library will take donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

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Ann Marie Zahn

July 30, 2013

Ann Marie Zahn, age 80, passed away July 22, 2013.

Born October 3, 1932, in Chicago, and married to Harold Robert Zahn Jr. (deceased in 1972), she was a founding member of Lake Hills United Church of Christ and Samena Club in Bellevue. She retired from the Seattle VA Hospital and was active in the Providence Point Community.

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Ann Marie Zahn

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